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Published: 2017-04-26T20:47:18-04:00

 



Unmarked: An Academic Mystery

2017-04-26T20:47:18-04:00

I slouched into my office like a sagging sock, slammed the door behind me, and collapsed into my favorite faux leather chair, recently bought on sale at Wal-Mart for $39.95. That investigation into the disappearance of the conference room clock...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-04-21T21:50:25-04:00

Mary H. Debenham, Household Troops: Or, Small Service is True Service (SPCK, n.d.). A young woman and her sister deal with various troubles against the background of the Franco-Prussian War. (eBay) William A. Lacey, Through Storm to Sunshine (Nelson, 1888)....



A momentary deflation

2017-04-21T17:36:25-04:00

My year of "I didn't really think this through" has finally come to an end--"this" being the number of things I agreed to write, the last of which was the lecture I delivered at Washington and Jefferson College earlier in...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-04-14T22:20:44-04:00

Mrs. J. Sadlier, Alice Riordan, or the Blind Man's Daughter. A Tale for the Young (Thomas Noonan, n.d.). A Catholic tale, set in Canada, about the struggles of a poor father-daughter team trying to make a living in the face...



Singing "Eye of the Tiger" is optional during the submission process

2017-04-10T07:07:34-04:00

Like most academics, I am subject to endless CFPs from mysterious OA journals. But this CFP raised an entirely new set of questions. Then again, if Arnold Schwarzenegger can go into politics...



The Great Dis vs. D'Is Debate: Ongoing

2017-04-05T19:04:06-04:00

One of the advantages (?) of having a long-running blog (gulp) is that you can return to subjects over a period of (oh dear) years. Take, for example, Dis vs. D'Is, which is not to be confused with Spy vs....



This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions

2017-04-01T22:05:07-04:00

S. Punot, Christine, the Bible Girl (J. F. Shaw, n.d. [1900]). A French Catholic girl comes to England and converts to Protestantism, among other things. (eBay) Forrest Leo, The Gentleman (Penguin, 2016). Broke poet marries rich woman and accidentally loses...



Brief note: To Walk Invisible

2017-03-31T16:46:18-04:00

Some time ago, Lucasta Miller chronicled in The Bronte Myth how the entire Bronte family has been repeatedly reinvented--as domestic heroines, as eerily "wild" products of an apparently bookless upbringing, as the children of a dubiously sane father, and so...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-03-24T21:26:35-04:00

(There were no acquisitions last week! Obviously, that...could not stand.) F. Anstey, The Statement of Stella Maberly, ed. Peter Merchant (Valancourt, 2017). A woman discovers that her supposedly dead friend is not so dead, with horrific results. (Amazon) Lesley Krueger,...



Crane Pond: A Novel of Salem

2017-03-22T07:06:33-04:00

At the end of Richard Francis' Crane Pond, its protagonist, Samuel Sewall, takes a walk with his oldest daughter, Hannah, and shows her, far off in the distance, the eponymous pond. As they look at it, she sees some cows,...



Progress report, midterm edition

2017-03-18T15:56:09-04:00

I recently had to give my undergraduates their midterm grades. So what have I managed to accomplish so far? Research and writing The last of the four articles I needed to write went off to the editors; I'll need to...



The Incredible Lightness of GoogleScholar Citations

2017-03-12T16:26:25-04:00

If you're in the humanities, GoogleScholar's list of citations looks like a tempting way of quantifying one's impact on the planet. Or, at least, on fellow academics. However, I'm a bit concerned about the prospect of administrations using GoogleScholar's number...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-03-10T22:49:30-05:00

Richard Francis, Crane Pond: A Novel of Salem (Europa, 2016). Historical novel about Samuel Sewall (of whom Francis has also written a scholarly biography), the one judge who repudiated his own actions during the Salem Witch Trials. (Amazon) Eric C....



Friday Cat Blogging

2017-03-03T21:06:28-05:00

Um, guys? Trying to get some work done here? (This also counts as "Friday New Hardwood Flooring Blogging.")



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-03-03T21:03:16-05:00

Mark Salber Phillips, On Historical Distance (Yale, 2015). Series of historiographical essays exploring the shifting meanings of "distance" across a variety of historical genres. (Amazon) Crawford Gribben, Evangelical Millennialism in the Transatlantic World, 1500-2000 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). History of millennial...